First question first – Is Quartz and Quartzite the same? The answer is NO! The biggest difference being, quartz slabs are man-made material, whereas quartzite is a natural stone.
Quartzite is a hard, metamorphic rock which is originally pure quartz sandstone. Don’t get confused with the word quartz here. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression deep within the earth’s crust.
Quartz on the other hand is an engineered material. It is composed from 93% natural quartz granules and 7% polymer resins and colour pigments. Without getting into scientific details, let’s find out what else differentiates these stones and their usage. We would like to evaluate the pros and cons of going ahead with the man-made Quartz Countertop and the Pros and Cons of choosing the natural variant – a Quartzite Countertop.
Look and feel
It is not easy to classify one as a better-looking material simply because it is subjective for each of us. Quartzite (the natural stone) is commonly found in beige to grey shades. Colours, such as yellow, green, blue and orange, are formed due to the presence of other minerals.
The Quarry curated Amazonite Quartzite | Kitchen Island
Quartz, the man-made stone is naturally or unnaturally available in a wider range of colours.
The way a quartz countertop is created, it is often considered to be a natural stone such as granite or marble.
If you have decided to adorn your home with 100% Natural stones gifted by the Mother Nature and want something that’s truly unique, a quartzite countertop should be your first choice.
Hardness and durability
The natural composition of Quartzite is such that it is harder than granite and marble, so it is quite durable. It is made to withstand heat exceptionally well.
Just as Quartz is heat resistant in the artificial category of stones, when it comes to the natural stones – Quartzite is the hardest in formulation. It is equally resistant to heat and can be used as your kitchen countertop or tabletop.
The Quarry curated Fusion Wow Quartzite | Kitchen Countertop
Both these materials are equally non-resistant to scratches and a cutting board should be used on countertops and tabletops.
Care and maintenance
Quartzite is a natural stone and certainly a precious one. When it is installed correctly with the required sealants its care is pretty much easy. All stains and spills should be wiped immediately - especially the acidic ones. The cleaners that you use should be appropriate for the stone. Both Quartzite and Quartz, require minimum maintenance.
The Quarry curated Ongie Quartzite | Countertop and Wall Cladding
After comparing the pros and cons of Quartz slabs vs Quartzite, each of them have their own set of advantages. If you are someone who loves exclusive décor which will speak for itself, we advise you the explore the vast collection of our 100% Natural and authentic quartzite stones. We promise you to be enthralled by the variety of colours, patterns and textures of our natural stones. Not only, we curate the most luxurious stones from the world’s best quarries, but also, they are all 100% natural slabs of Italian marble at our 12,500 sq. ft. temperature-controlled, The Quarry Gallery, Mumbai. The Quarry offers you a wide range of innovative finishes like the honed finish or a polished marble finish, amongst many others.
The Quarry Curated ONGIE (Quartzite)
The Quarry Curated Dune Marroni (Quartzite)
We insist you see a sample slab before making a final choice or better yet visit The Quarry Gallery. This way, you can study and compare different types of slabs and pick which one suits the best for your requirements. Our curators can guide you through the entire selection process and help you make the right choice.
Do book an appointment and allow The Quarry Curator to take you on a personalised tour. Call +91 99305 44444 to buy best Italian marble, granite and onyx near you, right here in Mumbai, India.